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NOT VERY LADYLIKE

The days when little red and black ladybugs evoked exclamations of "sweet" and "adorable" are quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least around Barton County.

October 18, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


RACE FOR THE FINISH

More than 100 runners participated in the Barton County YP5K and Half Marathon race Saturday morning. Most came from Great Bend and other Barton County communities, but other cities in Kansas, as well as some from Oklahoma and Colorado were represented. It was the second year for the race, but a different route was used this year. In an effort to keep crossing highways to a minimum this year, while still highlighting the scenic points of the city as much as possible, the starting point shifted from Veterans Park to Jack Kilby Square.

October 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

October 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves health insurance option

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met Tuesday night, and quickly wrapped up the question of the city's health insurance renewal before moving on to new business.

October 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Domestic violence stats alarming

The numbers paint a sobering picture of families in Kansas and around the nation. Twenty percent of the Kansas population have been victims of domestic violence. One in five women and one in seven men.

October 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Great Bend Public Library staff to attend Salina conference

Friday, Great Bend librarians and CKLS staff will travel to Salina to hear Valerie Gross speak about why Kansas needs libraries more than ever. She will outline how libraries equal education for a community, and it happens in three ways: self-directed education, research assistance and instruction, and instructive and enlightening experiences. GBPL board members were invited to attend. The trend of highlighting and partnering with schools and the community through library leadership is already underway, according to Children's Services Supervisor Dayna Ball, who presented the department report to the GBPL Library Board Monday afternoon.

October 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council considering creation of fire district

HOISINGTON - In its efforts to find a way to pay for a new fire truck, the City of Hoisington will seek to follow the example set by neighboring Claflin and begin working towards the creation of a fire district. The move would create a broader, more stable pool of funding by distributing the cost equally to all townships and cities in the district, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said. Discussion of the potential creation of a fire district was added to the agenda at the start of the meeting.

October 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Taking advantage - sure

Tuesday's vice presidential debate between Kaine and Pence was thankfully light on comments about illegal email servers, but unfortunately too much was made of Trump's not paying personal income tax for several years.

October 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

October 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


NATIVE SON

HOISINGTON - Students at Hoisington's USD 431 schools, as well as students at Otis-Bison, had the rare opportunity this past week to meet and learn from an award winning Native American musician, flute maker and storyteller Keith Bear. And Bear has had the opportunity to visit with family and friends, and to finally meet his youngest grandchild for the first time.

October 02, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Land Bank Board teams up with HOI for MIH

HOISINGTON -- The Hoisington Land Bank Board met Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. prior to the city council meeting where they heard a proposal by Housing Opportunities Inc. to partner in seeking a grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to encourage building median income housing.

September 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Claflin city council continues police chief search

CLAFLIN - When the Claflin City Council met Monday, Sept. 12, no hiring decision was made concerning the open police chief position previously filled by Rory Tillett, Tillett was hired April 12, filling a vacancy left by former Claflin Chief of Police Robert Gunder. At the Aug. 8 meeting, the city voted to accept resumes for the vacant position until noon, Sept. 12. Not finding a suitable replacement, the council agreed to continue to advertise the position and accept applications.

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee Rock to hold Firefighter Appreciation dinner

PAWNEE ROCK - Pawnee Rock's city council met Sept. 6, and continued to tighten up efforts to increase observance of ordinances in the community. This time, non-resident land owners were the focus. Pawnee Rock Maintenance Supervisor requested the council consider raising fees for cutting weeds and tall grass from $60 per hour to $100 per hour, but only for non-residents, per City Code 8-404. Council member Chris Mead moved to contact City Attorney Ron Smith to draw up an amendment to the code, raising the fee, with a minimum charge for two hours, and including an administrative fee of $50 ...

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Main Street project off to ‘chaotic’ start

HOISINGTON - Work started this week on the long awaited Hoisington Main Street Reconstruction Project, and more needs to be done to get the word out to companies transporting large loads through the city Jonathan Mitchell, Hoisington city manager, said at the city council meeting Monday night.

September 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves drainage easements

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood's City Council considered two offers to purchase the building located at 104 N. Main Street Tuesday night. The building was located adjacent to two condemned buildings purchased by the city in 2014 at a tax sale. Hoping to demolish the buildings and free up space on Main Street for new construction, the city halted work when it became apparent that the demolition put 104 N. Main at risk for damage. Ultimately, the owners of the building sold the property to the city, and the demolition was completed. Once the project ended and the exposed side of the ...

September 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


BCHD praises USD 431 for Walking School Bus program

HOISINGTON - At the last Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education meeting of the semester, every seat was taken, and for some late arrivals, it was ...

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Time to Rise Up in Kansas

There is a term, "the common good," that bears consideration. A dictionary defines it simply as a noun meaning, "the advantage or benefit of all ...

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


City of Larned approves installation of tennis backboards

The Larned City Council met for a brief meeting Monday night. After discussing and approving the monthly appropriations ordinance, Mayor William Nusser noted that the ...

December 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

December 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CLAFLIN TRADITION GROWING

CLAFLIN - Preparations have begun in Claflin for the town's annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival Sunday, Dec. 4. Different this year will be ...

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Big bill coming in January

It's almost been a month since the November election, and the holidays are in full swing. While it's fine to take a breather ...

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


‘Star Spangled’ evening tops off Small Business Saturday

Last year, shoppers were few on Main Street for Small Business Saturday, as a cold, wet ice storm gathered strength, blowing in just prior to ...

November 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GB breaks ground on community orchard

In April, 2015, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Heartland Farm grows agritourism

Heartland Farm, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is located 10 miles west of Great Bend. They have been an active participants in recent ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Hoisington Land Bank expanding housing options

The city of Hoisington's decision to start a land bank is starting to pay off. The Hoisington Land Bank offers free lots in an ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Claflin museum reopens better than ever

CLAFLIN - Claflin's history museum had to close unexpectedly in 2010 when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


Ellinwood opens wellness center

2015 saw the culmination of a four-year effort by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission and volunteers in the community. The dream of opening a year-round fitness ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


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